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Religion in Alaska

The United States has rich and diverse religious cultures, and the freedom to practice beliefs has helped give rise to a unique religious pluralism and freedom. Alaska is 3rd least populous, and most sparsely populated US  State. Christianity is the majority religion and Protestantism is its largest branch. 

Protestants are in majority in Alaska and also have a good percentage of Mormons, Orthodox Churches, and New Age religions.

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Alaska Religion Percentage

Christianity is the main religion followed by 62% of the population. The largest Christian denomination in Alaska is Protestant (37%) followed by Roman Catholics (16%), Mormonism (5%), Eastern Orthodoxy (5%), Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Other Christians.

Non-Christian faiths account for 6%, and the remaining 31% are classified as unaffiliated, which can mean agnostic, atheist, or “nothing in particular.”

Other Religions include Hinduism, Buddhism, Jews, Islam, and other smaller faiths.

Christianity 62%
 – Protestantism – 37%
 – Roman Catholicism – 16%
 – Mormonism -5%
 – Eastern Orthodoxy – 5%
 – Jehovah’s Witnesses – <1%
 – Other Christian – <1%
Other Religion6%
  Judaism <1%
  Islam <1%
  Buddhism 1%
  Hinduism <1%
  smaller faiths 4%
  No religion 31%
  Don’t know 1%

Source: Pew Research Center

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Christianity in Alaska

Christianity with 62% followers is the largest religion in Alaska. All Protestant denominations accounted for 37% of the population, Catholics are 16% of the population, and are the largest individual denomination if Protestantism is divided into various denominations instead of being counted as a single category. 

Rest include Mormons, Eastern Orthodoxy, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and other smaller denominations. 

Christianity AffiliationsPercentage
Protestantism 37%
– Evangelical Protestant– 22%
– Mainline Protestant– 12%
– Black church– 3%
Roman Catholicism 16%
Mormonism 5%
Eastern Orthodoxy 5%
Jehovah’s Witnesses <1%
Other Christians <1%
Protestantism in Alaska

Among Christians in Alaska, Protestantism is the largest group comprising about 37% of the state’s population. Protestantism in the United States has branched out into several branches, denominations, and various interdenominational and related movements. 

Protestants by tradition can be further classified into three main denominations. Evangelical is the largest and followed by 22% of the population, Next are Mainline Protestants (12%) and Historically Black Protestants (3%).

Protestants Affiliation% of  population
Evangelical  Protestant22%
Mainline Protestant12%
Historically Black Protestant 3%

Protestantism is also comprised of numerous denominational families (e.g., Baptist, Methodist, and Pentecostal) that fit into one or more of the traditions. According to the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA), the largest Protestant denominations by adherents in 2020 is as follows

Religious BodiesTraditionFamilyAdherents
Non-denominational Christian ChurchesEvangelical Other 73,930
Southern Baptist ConventionEvangelical Baptist 15,849
Assemblies of God, General Council of theEvangelical Pentecostal 12,099
Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaMainline Lutheran 7,906
Episcopal ChurchMainline Anglican/Episcopal 6,072
United Methodist ChurchMainline Methodist 4,700
Seventh-day Adventist ChurchEvangelical Adventist 4,637

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Catholics in Alaska

Catholic Church at 16% of the state population and is the second largest religious grouping, after Protestantism.  According to the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA), the Second largest denomination by adherents in 2020 is the Catholic Church with 40,280 adherents followed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (33,495)

Since the 1990s, the religious share of Christians has decreased, while Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, and other religions have spread, mainly from immigration. Other Religions include Hinduism, Buddhism, Jews, Islam, and other smaller faiths.

Other Religion6%
  Judaism <1%
  Islam <1%
  Buddhism 1%
  Hinduism <1%
  smaller faiths 4%

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Note: The US census does not contain questions about one’s religious affiliation. Our Article is based on surveys conducted by various institutions and agencies.

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